The word “nacelle” means the streamlined car of an aircraft—from the Latin navicella, meaning “a little ship.” In the film Nacelle, Ferrari traces an idea in formation and the complexities that arise within a contained space as a vessel travels from point to point, where a movement from thought to feeling is cycled through.
The first part of a trilogy, Nacelle is about a fictional B-roll film crew stuck in the back of a moving truck that travels across five Chicagoland locations: the Byron Nuclear Generating Station; a DeKalb Wind Turbine Farm; the Cook County Department of Corrections’ Division XI Facility; Lower Wacker Drive; and Miller Beach, Indiana. As the line producer, camera operator, soundman, driver and the locations interact, the fragility of their relationships is exposed, and a reaction is triggered. Sound and vision question, concept entangles, the environment informs, and intuition drives the picture.
Filmed in digital video and 16mm film during Ferrari’s final quarter in the MFA program at the University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts, he worked with five artists: three as actors; one as actor/art director/production assistant; and an assistant director/camera operator. Ferrari’s previous films are rooted in the use of documentary shooting techniques combined with an exploratory method of montage that builds meaning through the assembly of images and sounds. Often working alone and without a fictional construct, in this work he reversed the approach, and explored a narrative method: writing a script, building dialog and action through rehearsals, and sharing the creative process with a cast and crew.
Writer, Director, Producer, Camera/Sound Operator, Editor & Sound Designer:
Marco G. Ferrari
Assistant Director & Camera Operator:
Anaïs Joanna Daly – Driver
Fred Schmidt-Arenales – Cameraman
Alex Stein – Soundman
Paul Somers – Line Producer
Anaïs Joanna Daly – Set Designer & Production Assistant
Federico D’Antoni – Post-Production Sound Mastering
Alberto Ferrari – Production Assistant
William Pope.L & Catherine Sullivan
Produced with the support of:
Marisa & Virginio Ferrari; University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts (Jessica Stockholder & Alison LaTendresse); UChicago Logan Center for the Arts (Greg Redenius) & Logan Media Center (Benjamin Chandler & Michael Gibisser); City of Chicago–Chicago Film Office; Nora Sheahan–Cook County Sheriff; Margaret Firestone; Firestone Insurance Agency; & Rolling Stock Limited.
– Nacelle: a video art exhibition by Marco G. Ferrari, Blanc Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA, February 28-May 1, 2015 (solo exhibit). https://marcogferrari.com/exhibition/nacelle-a-video-art-exhibition-by-marco-g-ferrari/
– Screening of “Nacelle” & “Resti” by Marco G. Ferrari, Black Cinema House, 7200 S. Kimbark, Chicago, Illinois USA, April 16, 2015 (screening, artist talk). Part of Ferrari’s work as Black Cinema House Film Fellow & Associate Curator. https://marcogferrari.com/exhibition/screening-of-nacelle-resti-by-marco-g-ferrari/